Arizona policewoman demoted over sexually explicit video, photos

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Tucson, AZ, United States (4E) – A police lieutenant from Tucson, Arizona has been demoted Monday due to sexually explicit videos, and a provocative photo that she sent to a subordinate officer she used to date.

According to departmental report released Monday, Diana Lopez, a former public information officer for the Tucson Police Department, was stripped of her lieutenant title and became a sergeant after anonymous letters received by the department prompted the investigation of the case in August.

Documents stated Lopez used her personal cell phone to send pictures and videos from May 2011 through August 2011 to the unidentified subordinate officer, who shared the images with other officers.

Assistant Chief Kathleen Robinson said “Lopez used extremely poor judgment in sending these images, undermining her credibility as a commander and her actions have negatively affected not only her reputation, but the reputation and mission of the Tucson Police Department.”

The Arizona Daily Star reported that Lopez’ attorney, Michael Piccarreta, said she is considering a civil lawsuit against the city, or appealing the demotion through the Civil Service Commission.

Piccarreta added the case raises constitutional issues when there is a lawful off-duty behavior, and a wrongdoer violates your trust and privacy rights without your permission or consent by making it public.

The case is still being investigated.

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